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League City Girl Scout installs art at Memorial Hermann Cancer Center to earn Gold Award
HOUSTON, Texas (September, 2013) – Girl Scout Nishtha S. created and installed artwork at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital’s Cancer Center to brighten the days of cancer patients to earn Girl Scouts of the USA’s Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts achieve this national recognition.
“I learned how to communicate in person and in writing and how to plan and coordinate with people from different sectors,” said Nishtha, a senior at Clear Horizons Early College High School. “This project also taught me time management and interpersonal skills.”
The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.
“I chose this project because I wanted to help breast cancer patients gain back their confidence and embrace their beauty so they can live their lives fully and contentedly,” said Nishtha.
For her project, Nishtha led a team of volunteers in studying the current design of Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital’s Cancer Center and how artwork could brighten the space. She then led her team creating and installing works of art for the Wig Room at the hospital. Nishtha hoped the bright, colorful paintings and artwork would brighten the moods of patients working through cancer and help them feel better about their recovery.
We have noticed significant changes in Nishtha’s personality,” said Dr. Nawal S., Nishtha’s father. “She is very meticulous, methodological, organized and extremely goal oriented. We also see her now as a resourceful and sincere person toward her responsibilities.”
Nishtha has been a member of Girl Scouts for eight years. At Clear Horizons Early College High School she is a member of student council, National Honor Society, Medical Club, Reading Rumble Club, speech and debate, yearbook, prom committee and Powder Puff Derby Football. Outside of school she is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, San Jacinto Tennis Club and League City Soccer. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study medicine.
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